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Jamaica has had more success per year in international track and field competition than any other country In our 1948 Olympic debut Dr Arthur Wint won our first Olympic and gold medal in the 400m He along with the other members of the legendary relay team Herb McKenley Leslie Laing and George Rhoden gold medalists 1952 set a standard that has been upheld by our athletes ever since From Donald Quarrie gold 200m silver 100m 1976 to David Weller bronze cyclying 1980 to Andrew Phillips 6th 200m swimming medley 1984 to Bert Cameron silver 400 relay 1988 to Grace Jackson silver 200m 1988 to Winthrop Graham silver 400m hurdles 1992 Raymond Stewart Juliet Cuthbert silver 100 200m 1992 Deon Hemmings gold 400 hurdles 1996 and to the seemingly eternal queen of track Merlene Ottey who has won more Olympic and IAAA medals than any other Jamaican Most athletes began their careers at school track meets The National Boys and Girls Championship Champs is a premier event for the high scholars and many past students who vigorously support their alma maters The high standard of competition has made Champs the first stop on the overseas college recruiting circuit The Penn Relays High School Division could be called the Jamaica Relays because our youngsters dominate the field Jamaican teams have on several occasions taken the top 3 positions in the 4x400 relays for high school boys Some major sports that is still in Jamaica history are the following cricket we have been made proud by the achievements of George Headley Michael Holding Courtney Walsh Jeffrey Dujon Lawrence Rowe Allan Rae Maurice Foster Jimmy Adams Robert Samuels Next was Football our torch was carried abroad by Lindy Delapenha the first Jamaican to play in the English Premier League Others like John Barnes EnglandNewcastle serve as inspiration to schoolboys participating in the fiercely contested DaCosta and Manning Cup competitions The Jamaica Football Federation JFF administers the national squad and
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